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Education International

Protecting quality public education in a time of crisis

published 17 October 2012 updated 18 October 2012

Education unions from across the globe meet for the ‘Education in Crisis’ Seminar on 18-19 October in Brussels.

Education throughout the world is in a state of crisis. The economic recession has prompted governments to implement drastic austerity measures, with negative repercussions for education services worldwide.

The reduction in education spending adversely affects every student and teacher; it threatens to undermine the education of future generations,     exacerbate social inequalities and reverse many of the hard-earned economic and social developments of recent decades.

On 18-19 October, EI is hosting a Seminar in Brussels with the theme “Education in Crisis” to address these issues. Seminar participants will include representatives of EI member organisations as well as invited speakers and guests from around the world.

On 18 October, discussions and presentations will focus on exiting the economic crisis through economic policies that address stability and growth and the future funding of public education systems. On 19 October, participants will examine the devastating impacts that the economic recession has had on education systems worldwide, especially in developing countries, and consider responses which would repair those effects.

Keynote addresses will be given by both Professor Deborah Meier of the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, U.S. and by Carol Bellamy, the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, U.S.

This Seminar will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Place Rogier in Brussels, Belgium. Please download the full agenda following this link.

Take part in the discussions on Twitter! The seminar's hashtag is #educationincrisis